Woodward (WWD) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Headlines about Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Woodward earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.1612206495915 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on WWD. Barrington Research restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Woodward in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. BidaskClub upgraded Woodward from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, February 3rd. Wood & Company restated a “hold” rating on shares of Woodward in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research cut Woodward from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, January 21st. Finally, Cowen restated a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 target price on shares of Woodward in a report on Sunday, December 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $79.25.

Woodward (NASDAQ WWD) opened at $73.51 on Wednesday. Woodward has a 1-year low of $65.22 and a 1-year high of $89.30. The company has a current ratio of 2.77, a quick ratio of 1.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,500.00, a PE ratio of 27.13, a PEG ratio of 1.81 and a beta of 1.23.

Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 22nd. The technology company reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by ($0.11). Woodward had a net margin of 8.10% and a return on equity of 14.04%. The business had revenue of $470.14 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $472.14 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.73 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Woodward will post 3.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.1425 per share. This represents a $0.57 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. This is a boost from Woodward’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. Woodward’s payout ratio is 18.45%.

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About Woodward

Woodward, Inc is an independent designer, manufacturer and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions. The Company designs, produces and services energy control products for various applications. The Company’s segments include Aerospace and Industrial. The Company’s Aerospace segment designs, manufactures and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, combustion and motion control.

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